Malaysian National Library to Launch Online Lending in July

From the announcement:

The National Library will launch its digital library called "UBIQUITOUS" in July where the public can borrow books online.

"The books will be delivered by post. We want to change the mindset that books can only be borrowed at libraries and to provide better knowledge services," director-general Raslin Abu Bakar said at the launch of Community of Practice (CoP) here Thursday.

He said the library sector needs to be proactive in studying issues facing the community by creating new ideas to make our libraries world class.

Meanwhile, Digital Library director Nafisah Ahmad told Bernama the cost of delivery was still under discussion with Pos Malaysia.

She said the books could be returned by contacting Pos Malaysia or by sending the books to selected post offices.

Community of Practice is an innovative programme by the national library to provide better services to the public.

I would think that the concept of adapting to technology would apply to 21st century inventions, not ones from the 19th century. Snide comments aside, I can see why they went with paper books. There are a relatively few ebooks available, and probably even fewer gadgets that can read them.

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